Thursday, June 7, 2018

A Front Door Makeover

Every year I look forward to making a new wreath for my front door. 
So when I saw a cute sunhat in a catalog 
I knew what I wanted to do. 
And it was the incentive I needed to finally paint
 my front door Aqua.

I had been slowly adding aqua to the porch over the past two 
Summers and this would be the icing on the cake.

Until I started painting and had that dreaded "what was I thinking?" moment!


Unfortunately, right after I started painting the weather turned bad 
and this was the scene from the road for several days.

But it was all good once I got the second coat on, painted the numbers 
and old doorbell black and hung my new "wreath".





I came back to edit this post because after I posted it, 
something just didn't feel right to me on my sun hat wreath. 
My sister graciously told me that the bow is too small....duh! 
So I took it down and completely changed it up. 
I played with the flowers a little more and here is the final (?) door wreath.




My newly painted door ties in all the other Aqua accents I already had.


That's my new bunny I found on sale at TJ Maxx


The vintage Gnome Welcome is new this year.


As is the vintage drawer planter. I am waiting for the Geranium
to fill in to get the full effect!



Here is the Before.....


and the After....


I am happy with it. My daughters were skeptical when they saw the door
in that first picture but  now they like it too.

Of course now I have to get working on fixing the old issues (like the ivy
on the siding and the crumbling steps) but somehow that Aqua
door makes those things disappear for now.

What do you think?

AnnMarie xoxo



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Sunday, May 13, 2018

For You Mom....



From one Mom to another....

I celebrate you today

for all that you do

for all that you are

to your family and others




Have a wonderful day!
AnnMarie xoxo

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Let the Garage Sales Begin!!

And they have in my area.....


It only takes a few good sales to get those "picker junker antique hunter" cells moving again and getting into it full swing for the most wonderful time of the year :-)

When two garage sales happen to be next door to each other, it's even better!

This past weekend was a score for me and I have been furiously listing my treasures in my Etsy shop since then.
(If you see something you want without it being highlighted, send me a message).

These were all from one sale, run by three generations of the family. The eldest lady there had an eye for vintage!


I fell in love with this sweet mirror made in Italy in the 1800's.


And the crate/box it is sitting on was a last minute 'gotta have it' buy. It is painted aqua with shelves and a really nice label on the top.


and I was glad to take them home with me.



What vintage lover could resist chippy, rusty metal plant holders? Not me! I scooped both up.


These cedar cigar boxes are always good sellers in my shop. This one is in excellent condition and perfect for keepsakes, trinkets and jewelry.



She had a box full of vintage cigar boxes, which are quite collectible, but I resisted taking them all except the White Owl Invincibles cigar box.


I never pass up a tool box, especially when it is aqua! 


I never pass up galvanized buckets or enamel graniteware pans either. The rustier the better! They make great planters or fairy gardens.



This next item is for me. I am going to try this in my garden this year. I love the idea of an old drawer filled to the brim with flowers. I have to plan my colors and varieties still.....ya know we shouldn't plant anything here in the Northeast till Memorial Day, so I have time. I really try to stick with that. I wouldn't want to have to crush this drawer full of flowers by covering it for an impending frost.


Also great as planters and lots of other things, are these wooden advertising boxes.
This one held Libby's cooked corned beef...blech. It's a cute box though!


On to two other sales where I found these Holt Howard roosters.....


this cute anthropomorphic (defined as something having human characteristics) teabag holder


a 1960ish set of vanity containers...


and this set of really cool 1950's pennants.


I have been thrifting all winter but there is something about the hunt at garage sales when the weather turns warmer that makes me want to share what I found.

Gotta go finish listing all this stuff so I can go buy some more!


AnnMarie xoxo


One more thing.....I think I have a new collection starting.....

You may have noticed that I consistently sign my name with an xoxo after it. 

Before Christmas last year I found these cute sterling xo earrings from a local jewelry artist. I wear them almost everyday.


Then at one of the garage sales this past weekend I found these XO letters and of course I had to have them....


I guess that's how it all starts!


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Flowers for My Home - A Review


As much as I look forward to Spring and new growth in the garden and yard, once those flowers bloom, I can only enjoy them in the garden. I can't bring them into my house.

I am highly allergic to most kinds, especially my favorites like Sunflowers and Queen Anne's Lace.


I am so happy to say that I found a way to have one of my favorite flowers indoors, and they are fire retardant too.

I was introduced to Thermaleaf® by fellow blogger Debbie who featured some beautiful wreaths she got from the company on her blog Mountain Mama..

I was offered to choose something from their website in exchange for a review. They specialize in fire retardant artificial foliage products for commercial use and home use.  

Why use fire retardant artificial foliage in your home? A great question and one that Thermaleaf® answers in detail on their website. I did not know that many fires can be caused by artificial plants and trees used in commercial settings because they lack fire resistant materials. They can catch on fire very quickly and the smoke from these plants can be deadly. Not something you want in your place of business or your home!

It took a few times of browsing their website to choose something because of the large variety of potted plants, trees, and topiaries, as well as wreaths and a large selection of floral sprays and stems to make wreaths and arrangements.



I finally chose the Queen Anne's lace stem pack of 12 so that I can arrange them in a vase or use them on a wreath. All 12 stems are in this vase.


I have always loved this pretty white flower that grows tall and lean in fields and roadsides during the summer. They have a lacy, Victorian look to them. 



While on vacation one summer there was an abundance of them growing along the roadside where we were staying so I picked a bunch and decorated our cabin with them. 

When the allergy symptoms appeared, I knew right away what the culprit was. Reluctantly, I have stayed away from them ever since. 

I am thrilled to be able to have these realistic looking stems in my home and they look lovely in my large stoneware pitcher. 


They have long stems and spots on them to cut through and shorten if needed. They also bend so you can arrange them.



I took some out for a leaner look in the vase.




Then I decided that the stems were a little too green for the coloring in my room and I walked around my home looking for other places to add them.

I thought they looked pretty added to my stoneware jug of Pussy Willows.




I also tried them in my glass demijohn bottle and although only three stems fit in there, I love the simple look in the living room.




I hope you will visit Thermaleaf to see if there is something pretty for your home.

The way the weather is going in the northeast, we may have to rely on pretty faux flowers to fill our vases!


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AnnMarie xoxo

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Almond Joy Cookies??!!


About twice a month I bake goodies for the traveling community theatre for the arts that my husband Frank, son Michael and I run. It is a dessert theatre and I am the coffee and dessert girl!

I love finding new recipes to make but they have to be finger foods and not too messy to eat.
Cookies and bar cookies fit the bill.

When I found this recipe for Almond Joy cookies that only had four ingredients, I was all over that!

Here are my ingredients....


And my favorite tool to use for cookies....


I whipped up a batch today for a performance tomorrow night so I can tell you that they are super easy. I even had all the ingredients in my cupboard already.

I do not remember where I found the recipe because I hand wrote it from somewhere. There are plenty of versions on Pinterest though.





Almond Joy Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen

14 oz. bag shredded coconut
16 oz. chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped roasted almonds
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk

Set oven to 325 degrees and line a pan with parchment paper.
Mix all four ingredients together.
Scoop out on pan and then flatten each cookie.
Bake 12-14 minutes.
Cool.

If you love coconut, this recipe is for you. I baked mine for 13 minutes which gave them a nice golden color and a little crunch on the edges.


The hardest part of this recipe is packing them up to let others enjoy. Here is the pan that our guests get to indulge in. And yes, I tasted one, or two after they came out of the oven!



Enjoy!

AnnMarie xoxo

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